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2017 3D Printing Filaments Guide

PLA Filament

PLA is an easy to use plastic which produces high quality prints and is one of the most commonly used 3d printing materials.  It is fully biodegradable, making it a favorite of schools and libraries, and comes in 1.75mm and 3mm.  Check your 3d printer to see which size to use.
It is available in a range of colors, including black, white, blue, red, yellow, orange green and others.
Extruder Temperature:
195- 215 C
Bed Temperature:
0 - 70 C
Optimal Bed Surface:
Painters Tape
For an in-depth look at PLA, read our Guide to 3D Printing with PLA Filament.

ABS Filament

ABS is an excellent 3d printing plastic for parts needing a higher degree of strength and temperature resistance than PLA.  It's important to have a heated bed platform if you're going to print consistently with ABS because the plastic tends to warp as it cools down over time.  
It's available in 1.75mm and 3mm. ABS does emit an odor during the 3d printing process so a well ventilated space is recommended. 
It is available in a range of colors, including black, white, blue, red, yellow, orange green and others.
Extruder Temperature:
225 - 245 C
Bed Temperature:
80 - 110 C
Optimal Print Bed Surface:
Heated bed with Kapton tape and hairspray
For an in-depth look at ABS, read our Guide to 3D Printing with ABS Filament.

High Performance Filament

alloy 910 3d printing filament

High performance filaments tend to include nylons, which provide industrial strength durability, flexibility, tolerances and other properties that make it the material of choice for the world's leading companies and research universities.  

These types of filaments are used to create automotive, aerospace, agricultural and health care components, as well as drone parts.

Depending on the elasticity, strength, chemical resistance and heat resistance you need, there are a wide range of high performance filaments available for 3d printing.

Alloy 910 in 1.75mm and 3mm - The high performance benchmark material

Nylon 230 in 1.75mm and 3mm - A durable alternative to PLA or ABS

Nylon 645 in 1.75mm and 3mm - Lightweight and high-strength

Nylon 680 in 1.75mm and 3mm - FDA compliant for food and beverage contact

For an in-depth look at Nylon, read our Guide to 3D Printing with Nylon Filament.

Flexible Filament

Flexible nylons and plastics are part of our everyday lives in the form of mobile phone cases, health care products and industrial parts, and there a variety of 3d printing materials available to produce flexible, durable prints.

ThreeD Flex - a flexible, easy to use material designed for 3d printing, available in blue, red, white and black.

PCTPE in 1.75mm and 3mm - a flexible, durable nylon developed specifically for 3d printing.

T-Lyne in 1.75mm and 3mm - a highly flexible, durable material designed in partnership with Dupont for health care professionals, including those designing prosthetics and implants.

Composite Filaments: Wood, Bronze, Carbon Fiber, Etc.


Want your 3d printing filament infused with carbon fiber, stainless steel or magnetic iron?  There are filaments just for you and luckily, many of them are as easy to print with as PLA or ABS.  These filaments offer amazing texture, feel, color and utility and ThreeD Materials carries plenty of them.

ThreeD Wood - an easy to use filament that looks, smells and feels like wood.

ThreeD Bronze - an easy to use filament that looks like real bronze.

ThreeD Silk - an easy to use filament that provides extra silky shine.

Stainless Steel in 1.75mm and 3mm

Carbon Fiber in 1.75mm and 3mm

Magnetic Iron in 1.75mm and 3mm